Originally Posted by exPCM
See link: http://www.ahrq.gov/news/sp120307.htm
The AHRQ final report is due to come out in about 9 months. People I know who are involved in the process tell me that the recommendation will be to decrease the maximum hours from 80 to 56 per week. The unresolved issue apparently is whether the number of years of residency training will be lengthened and by how much (for example will IM be changed to a 4 yr. residency, etc.)
The link doesn't show anything about 56 hours.... Are you sure it is 56 not 65?
Frankly, I'm all for it. The average resident now carries way way more patients than the resident back in the days and yet the requirements for permanent license is higher than it was years ago.
Work me less hours, give me my license and let me go moonlight for extra money. That way I dont cost the system for training me and at the same time I'm not sinking with that 40k per year salary. Heck, moonlighting is an excellent way of learning the ropes and I believe it produces better residents.